Amy has only known one life. Now she needs to put it all on the line to save what is precious to her. Can this simple farm girl survive court-life? Can she stop a war from burning down her world? And what of the mysterious princess of Hazel Wood and her covert glances…? Not to mention the prince of Acacia Wood who might or might not be involved with the prophecies ruling their kingdoms. With mysteries and secrets threatening the life she longs to return to, can she separate her feelings from the mission?
TO WHAT LENGTHS WILL SHE GO TO SAVE HER LOVED-ONES?
This coming of age, young adult fantasy is a very quick read. It may be less than a hundred pages, but it certainly doesn't lack depth. The story is full of the things we expect in a fantasy, but the author also tackles some gender inequality, sexual orientation intolerance, facing the unknown in spite of fear, and growing into the person you are with pride. Now, don't get me wrong, those issues are all present, but the author handles it all terrifically and they flow right in with the world she's created. They're also addressed in a way that doesn't distract from the magic of the Pegasi or the wonderful personalities of the characters. The story is fast-paced and fantastical with magic, royalty, a pending war, a conspiracy, a bit of romance, and secrets, big secrets. Ronel Janse van Vuuren took me by surprise with Magic at Midnight. She gave me some pretty deep topics to ponder while mixing them seamlessly into a thoroughly engaging tale. Admittedly, I don't read as much fantasy as I used to, so there may very well be other stories like this one out there, but I will say that this one definitely deserves notice.